Photo of a dancing robot

Robots – introducing our first 2017 headliner

We are pleased to announce the first headliner for Manchester Science Festival 2017: Robots, an exhibition exploring humanity’s 500-year quest to recreate ourselves in mechanised form.

Picture of robots on display at the Science Museum

Featuring a unique collection of over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from both science fiction and modern-day research labs, this exhibition will enable visitors to discover the cultural, historical and technological context of humanoid robots.

Picture of Maria the robot from the 1927 film Metropolis

Among many other highlights will be an articulated iron manikin from the 1500s; Cygan, a 2.4m tall 1950s robot with a glamorous past; and one of the first walking bipedal robots.

Picture of robots on display at the Science Museum

In the exhibition, visitors will get to go behind the scenes to glimpse recent developments in robotics research, exploring how roboticists are building robots that resemble us and interact in human-like ways. The exhibition will end by asking visitors to imagine what a shared future with robots might be like.

Picture of four robots in situ at the Science Museum exhibition

Robots opened on Wednesday 8 February 2017 at the Museum of Science and Industry’s sister museum, the Science Museum in London.

2017 marks the 11th year of the Manchester Science Festival, produced by the Museum of Science and Industry.